West Seattle weather: Stage 2 burn ban for King County

As of noon, a Stage 2 burn ban is in effect in King County, and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency expects to keep it in effect until 6 am tomorrow. It cites “continued weather conditions and air-pollution levels. Here’s what this level of burn ban means:

During a Stage 2 burn ban:

* No burning is allowed in any wood-burning fireplaces, certified or uncertified wood stoves or fireplace inserts. Residents should rely instead on their home’s other, cleaner source of heat (such as their furnace or electric baseboard heaters) for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled.

* The only exception is if the homeowner has a previously approved ‘No Other Adequate Source of Heat’ designation from the Clean Air Agency

* No outdoor fires are allowed. This includes recreational fires such as bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimineas.

* Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.

It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 2 burn ban.

Rain is expected to return early tomorrow.

3 Replies to "West Seattle weather: Stage 2 burn ban for King County "

  • sam-c November 19, 2014 (1:32 pm)

    no wonder I was having trouble with my asthma today; good to know.

  • newnative November 19, 2014 (4:45 pm)

    Me too, I wish the ban included cigarettes.

  • Trickycoolj November 19, 2014 (8:01 pm)

    About time. It was gross Monday night already. After a 40min jog outside I smelled like campfire and my chest/lungs hurt the next day and I don’t have any respiratory issues. I should have known when my headlamp looked like it was shining in fog.

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